Xerox values ACS at $63.11 a share or a premium of 33 per cent over Friday's market close. "It's a game change for Xerox and the deal will provide stronger revenue and earnings growth," said Xerox's CEO Ursula Burns. It will triple its services revenue to $10 billion U.S. annually, she added,
ACS is the biggest supplier of managed services to the U.S. government and as an outsourcer operates in the telecoms, healthcare, education and retailing sectors. The merger offers annual synergies up to $400 million U.S. for the first three years.
Xerox offers $18.60 cash and 4.935 Xerox shares for each ACS share. The deal closes early in 2010 and CEO Lynn Blodgett will continue to run ACS."
Michael Dell is using his shareholder's money to continue having a company to run. How he is going to make Perot something it can't be on its own should worry Dell shareholders. Perot could have borrowed money, were its business opportunities sufficiently attractive. If Michael Dell better knows how to run a systems integrator than do the senior management of Perot Systems, Dell could have grown its own unit, for much less money.
Much as I suggested for Kodak's shareholders, Dell's should be bringing a lawsuit over this egregious use of their money. "
As the price chart shows, Xerox hasn't had a sustained period of market outperformance in the period from 1978 to the present. This is a company whose 'go-go' years were the 1960s. That's 40 years ago.